Monday, March 05, 2007

Jared Diamond, Rapa Nui and Trinidad and Tobago

Is TT choosing to fail or choosing to succeed?
That is the question I couldn’t help asking myself after reading Jared Diamond’s thought-provoking, 525-page book Collapse - How Societies chose to fail or succeed, with another 31 pages of suggestions for further reading.
Sunday, March 4 2007

Beginning with the seemingly insurmountable environmental problems partly due to mining in Montana, the author takes us to Easter Island where half-finished statues bear mute testimony to its failure, to Pitcairn and Henderson Islands, then back to the Anasazi New Mexico and the Mayas of Central America, the Vikings in Greenland; contrasting these failures with ancient civilisations that succeeded — in New Guinea and Japan.

here for complete article.

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